Photography by Tata Patnarin | @tata.patnarin (Twenty 20)
You came and went too quick. I wish I had more time this year, but it doesn’t work that way. I sit here and reflect on all of the New Year’s resolutions I broke. At the start of the year I was optimistic, but as the year unfolded I realized it was going to be a long, eventful ride. I continued to write and express my ideas. As a journalist the best thing to do is continue and improve your craft. I took freelance positions and added to my portfolio.
I traveled more than ever before this year. The last time I got on a plane was over twenty years ago. I went to Seattle for the first time and I fell in love with it. The best trip I took was to Mexico. My family is from Mexico City and since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to go. Finally, I got the opportunity to visit my homeland. I got to meet new family members for the first time. I felt right at home. It’s funny how one trip can change your perspective on life. The best part about traveling is seeing what the world has to offer you. Traveling allowed me to bond with my brother; he was my traveling buddy for the year with our spontaneous trips.
You brought back people from the past. Life does mysterious things, and at times this year I couldn’t comprehend why. I thought the world was giving me a second opportunity to make it work this time. The truth is life was teaching me a lesson, but this time around it was more painful than before. I didn’t expect for it to happen, but I can’t control that aspect of my life. I met new people who loved me for me. I can’t forget about the people who, no matter how much I messed up this year, they didn’t leave my side. I thank you for that. One thing I am certain of is the people who are making it to 2017 are the only ones that matter.
This year the United States was more divided as a country than I’ve ever experienced. The elections brought chaos, and I’m not sure what 2017 has in store for this country, and that scares me. I got to see family members and friends fearing for lives. I saw people expressing hate and violence, and thinking that’s acceptable when it’s not.
Each year is a new opportunity to grow as a person and experience the world. I know 2016 was a whirlwind for me, personally. I reflected on the good and the bad, and I’m going to take the good with me in 2017. So 2016, thank you for everything you brought me.